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Blackwater dumps tarnished brand name

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning its tarnished brand name. Blackwater officials said Friday its family of two dozen business will now operate under the name Xe, pronounced like the letter "z."

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Steve Martin brings new 'Panther' to Berlin fest

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Steve Martin says Inspector Clouseau of "Pink Panther" fame is "the comedian's Hamlet," and he's unfazed by poor reviews for the bumbling detective's latest outing.

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Survey: peanut recall known but misunderstood

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Most Americans know about a peanut-driven national salmonella outbreak but many are wrong about what products are involved and few have confidence in food safeguards, according to a Harvard survey released Friday.

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Sept. 11 widow killed in Buffalo plane crash

Updated: 02/13/2009 - One of the victims of the Buffalo commuter plane crash, Beverly Eckert, was a Sept. 11 widow who put her never-ending grief to good use to make the country safer.

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Fiery plane crash in upstate NY kills 50

Updated: 02/13/2009 - A commuter plane dropped out of the sky without warning and nose-dived into a suburban Buffalo house in a fiery crash that killed all 49 people aboard and one person in the home. It was the nation's first deadly crash of a commercial airliner in 2½ years.

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JPMorgan, Citigroup halting foreclosures

Updated: 02/13/2009 - JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. are halting home foreclosures while the Obama administration develops its plans to help the U.S. housing market.

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Drew Peterson fiancee hopes for summer wedding

Updated: 02/13/2009 - A woman who previously called her engagement to a former Illinois police sergeant suspected in his wife's disappearance a publicity "stunt" says their engagement is real and she hopes to marry him this summer.

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2 Pa. judges sued in kickback scheme

Updated: 02/13/2009 - A lawsuit has been filed against two Pennsylvania judges accused of taking more than $2 million in kickbacks to send youth offenders to privately run detention centers.

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Software exec. defends hiring ex-Detroit mayor

Updated: 02/13/2009 - The chairman of a Detroit-based software company that hired disgraced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to work at a subsidiary has defended the decision, despite acknowledging Kilpatrick's "checkered background."

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Dreier freed on house arrest

Updated: 02/13/2009 - A prominent New York lawyer accused in a $400 million fraud case left jail on Friday to await trial under house arrest.

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Gregg says he couldn't support Obama 100%

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Republican Sen. Judd Gregg said Friday that he pulled out of the job of commerce secretary after realizing that "I'm just going to be a little too conservative" for President Barack Obama's administration.

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Sooie! Alabama college students eat BBQ for grades

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Four college students walk into a smoky restaurant, sit at a table under a blaring TV and order up their class work for the day - two slabs of spare ribs dripping with reddish sauce, white bread on the side.

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ND farmers support higher taxes for research

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Larry Neubauer likely will pay higher taxes on his wheat, barley and sunflowers later this year, but the North Dakota farmer is happy to do it.

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Obama seen likely to hedge on missile defense

Updated: 02/13/2009 - President Barack Obama's go-slow approach to missile defenses in Europe is stirring speculation that he is planning either to deep-freeze the costly project he inherited from the Bush administration or use it as a bargaining chip in broader security talks with Russia.

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Toyota cutting US execs' pay, offering buyouts

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Toyota Motor Corp. is reacting to the slump in U.S. auto sales by further cutting North American production, slashing executives' compensation up to 30 percent and offering buyouts to about 18,000 workers.

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Army doc, 74, soldiers on toward 3rd tour overseas

Updated: 02/13/2009 - Dr. John Burson balked when a skeptical Army staffer asked him to undergo a three-day physical exam to make sure he was fit to deploy as a field surgeon to Afghanistan.

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Next phase of smoker lawsuit begins

Updated: 02/13/2009 - It's now up to a Florida jury to decide what, if anything, a tobacco company owes to a man who died from lung cancer.

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Jury: Florida smoker died because of addiction

Updated: 02/13/2009 - The jury that decided a 40-year chain-smoker was helplessly addicted to nicotine must now decide whether tobacco giant Philip Morris owes his family potentially millions of dollars for his death from lung cancer.

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Obama seen likely to hedge on missile defense

Updated: 02/13/2009 - President Barack Obama's go-slow approach to missile defenses in Europe is stirring speculation that he is planning either to deep-freeze the costly project he inherited from the Bush administration or use it as a bargaining chip in broader security talks with Russia.

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